Tuesday 4x4: It's About Freeland's Quality

Left-hander Kyle Freeland leads the Rockies with seven quality starts this season. More impressively he has turned in a quality effort in each of his last six starts. He has had two of those starts at home, including a 4-0 win against the NL Central-leading Milwaukee Brewers, in which he worked 6 1/3 innings. Freeland is tied for third in the NL in quality starts, two behind NL leader Max Scherzer of the Nationals.

Quality Control

Date Opponent W L ERA IP H R ER HR BB SO AVG
4/24/2018 SD W 8-0 1 0 0 7 3 0 0 0 2 8 0.125
4/30/2018 @ChC L 3-2 0 1 1.93 7 6 3 3 0 1 5 0.18
5/6/2018 @NYM W 3-2 1 0 2.14 7 4 2 2 0 1 8 0.176
5/12/2018 Mil W 4-0 1 0 1.65 6.1 4 0 0 0 4 6 0.175
5/18/2018 @SF W 6-1 1 0 1.59 6.2 5 1 1 1 1 5 0.183
5/23/2018 @LAD L 3-0 0 1 2.01 6.1 6 3 3 0 3 3 0.197
W L ERA INN H R ER HR BB SO AVG
Totals 4 2 2.01 40.1 28 9 9 1 12 35 0.197

Source: Stats, Inc.

Coors Field has become a nightmare for the Giants. They have lost 10 of 11 games in the ballpark since the start of 2017, and it hasn't been a lot of late-game meltdowns. Monday was only the second blown save for the Giants bullpen in the 11 games.

Gigantic Mile High Meltdown

Date W L IP H R ER HR BB SO ERA
4/21/2017 0 1 8 9 6 6 2 4 4 6.75
4/22/2017 0 1 8 14 12 7 3 3 9 7.88
4/23/2017 0 1 8 8 8 8 1 3 6 9
6/15/2017 0 1 8.1 15 10 10 0 4 13 10.8
6/16/2017 0 1 8 15 10 10 2 1 8 11.25
6/17/2017 0 1 8 14 5 4 0 3 5 4.5
6/18/2017 0 1 8.1 13 7 7 3 2 8 7.56
9/4/2017 0 1 8.2 8 4 3 1 8 9 3.12
9/5/2017 0 1 8 13 9 9 1 2 6 10.13
9/6/2017 1 0 9 8 3 3 1 1 11 3
5/28/2018 0 1 9.1 11 6 5 1 3 10 4.82
0-2 Saves 1 10 91.2 128 80 72 15 34 89 7.07

Source: Stats, Inc.

The Giants will call on right-hander Jeff Samardzija to start on Tuesday. He lost both his starts at Coors Field last year. and he has struggled so far this season, where the Giants needed him to help pick up the slack while Madison Bumgarner and Johnny Cueto are on the disabled list. Not only is he 1-3, but the Giants are 2-5 in his starts. And now he faces the challenge of Coors Field.

Altitude Sickness

Date Opponent W L ERA GS IP H R ER HR BB SO AVG
8/7/2009 @Col L 6-2 0 0 4.5 0 4 5 2 2 1 1 1 0.313
4/15/2011 @Col L 5-0 0 0 3.6 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.263
4/17/2011 @Col L 9-5 0 0 2.57 0 2 1 0 0 0 2 1 0.231
7/19/2013 @Col W 3-1 1 0 1.88 1 7.1 4 1 1 1 3 6 0.204
4/12/2016 @Col W 7-2 1 0 2.01 1 8 6 2 2 0 2 5 0.205
9/6/2016 @Col W 3-2 0 0 2.15 1 7 4 2 2 0 1 9 0.198
4/23/2017 @Col L 8-0 0 1 3.63 1 5.1 7 7 7 1 3 6 0.221
6/16/2017 @Col L 10-8 0 1 4.87 1 6 11 8 8 2 1 4 0.255
W L ERA GS INN H R ER HR BB SO AVG
Totals 2 2 4.87 5 40.2 38 22 22 5 13 34 0.255

Sources: Stats, Inc.

There are 15 active players (minimum 150 plate appearances) with a career slugging percentage of .500 or better against the Giants. Two of them are now Giants -- Hunter Pence and Nick Hundley. Two others are Rockies -- Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story. Arenado is No. 2 at .591, trailing only Giancarlo Stanton. 

Slugging It Out

Player G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SLG
Giancarlo Stanton 46 174 31 56 16 1 17 36 21 45 0.718
Nolan Arenado 93 372 62 117 34 3 21 80 25 48 0.591
Jake Lamb 57 177 28 49 14 4 10 29 31 45 0.571
Albert Pujols 72 267 44 85 12 0 17 50 40 35 0.554
Miguel Cabrera 41 150 27 45 8 0 10 32 15 26 0.553
Hunter Pence 39 149 20 44 5 1 10 20 7 22 0.544
Ryan Braun 62 240 37 68 17 3 13 39 20 65 0.542
Jay Bruce 59 223 41 66 13 1 12 42 18 63 0.525
Jason Heyward 49 156 24 46 5 3 8 23 18 34 0.519
Andrew McCutchen 55 212 42 64 14 4 7 29 23 40 0.505
Nick Hundley 74 254 35 72 12 1 14 32 23 69 0.504
Edwin Encarnacion 38 129 19 40 10 0 5 25 18 15 0.504
Joc Pederson 53 133 16 33 11 1 7 17 23 30 0.504
Trevor Story 37 149 24 39 5 2 9 28 8 53 0.503
Paul Goldschmidt 121 426 73 119 27 4 20 74 76 109 0.502